Ever since Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani got the endorsement of the federal cabinet to grant India the status of Most Favoured Nation (MFN), there have been dissident voices coming from majority of the Islamist parties, religious organisations, industrialists, businessmen and nationalist forces. It was due to this pressure that the Prime Minister had to eat his words and announce that Parliamentary approval would also be required. The basic question which is being debated is that while India is continuing its anti-Pakistan policies, why should it be given the status of MFN? New Delhi is unwilling to discuss Kashmir at any forum and is only interested in trade on its own terms. It is also interested in availing the facility of Afghan Transit Trade Agreement. On the other hand it is ruthlessly pursuing the policy of converting Pakistan into a barren land by blocking water flow assigned to Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty by building dams in occupied Kashmir. Nationalist circles term it as 'water terrorism. Why has the Gilani government accepted the American and Indian pressure in giving MFN status to India? It was against this backdrop that Jamaat-ud-Dawa, other religious and religio-political parties organised a rally at Lahores Nasir Bagh on Thursday following an Istahkam-Pakistan Carvan from Azadi Chowk to Nasir Bagh. A charged crowed chanted anti-India slogans and demanded the withdrawal of MFN status forthwith. Speakers who addressed the rally were unanimous in saying that the status was contrary to the ground realities and against peoples aspirations and added that such a move was treachery with the blood of tens of thousands of innocent Kashmiris on Indias hand. One of the speakers went to the extent of saying that Pakistan only has a relationship of hate, revenge and bullet with India. It would be in all fairness that having gauged the public temperature on this issue, the government must revisit its India policy and force New Delhi to resolve the water issue and at the same time initiate a dialogue on the Kashmir conflict. Similarly, a strong diplomatic delegation be despatched to Washington to convince the State Department that if New Delhi remained in the denial mode of talking about vital issues like Kashmir and water, it would not be possible for Islamabad to go along with Indias one-sided expectations.